Laytonsville Veterinary Practice
Laytonsville Veterinary Practice

Weight Management

Finding your pet’s ideal weight

Being at a healthy weight can not only lengthen your pet’s lifespan, but can also improve their quality of life by maintaining joint health and reducing risk of disease.

If your cat or dog isn’t at their ideal weight, our veterinarians can offer specific recommendations, such as medications in the case of a disease process, or nutritious diet foods that will help Fluffy shed a few pounds.

Certain diseases, such as hypothyroidism, can cause unsubstantiated weight gain, so it is important to check for any underlying health issues that may be contributing to your pet’s weight change.

Why should my dog or cat lose weight?

If your pet is above his or her ideal weight, they may be at a higher risk of developing a variety of diseases and symptoms, including:

  • Type 2 Diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • Increased respiratory effort

  • Hypertension

  • Joint + tendon injury

  • Pain associated with osteoarthritis

  • Increased risk of cancer

Additionally, obesity may make abnormalities harder to find during examination, which may make diseases such as abdominal cancer harder to detect.

Treat alternatives:

Fresh carrots, green beans, and canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) are all excellent low-calorie sources of fiber and nutrients that you can incorporate into your dog’s diet to keep them feeling full.